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JAKKS Pacific Reports Third Quarter 2018 Financial Results

SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (JAKK) today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018.

Third Quarter 2018 Financial Results

Net sales for the third quarter were $236.7 million, compared to $262.4 million reported in the comparable period in 2017. Net income attributable to JAKKS Pacific for the third quarter was $15.7 million, or $0.38 per diluted share, which includes weighted shares of 21.3 million associated with the Company’s outstanding convertible notes. This compares to a net loss attributable to JAKKS Pacific of $17.6 million, or $0.77 per diluted share, for the comparable period in 2017. Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2018 was $27.0 million, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $38.6 million in the third quarter of 2017. See note below on “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information.”

Management Commentary

JAKKS Chairman and CEO Stephen Berman stated, “As was the case in the first half, during the third quarter we continued to see the impact of the U.S. liquidation of Toys R Us, which offset the positive contribution of several successful product lines, including Incredibles 2, Fancy Nancy, Perfectly Cute, Squish-Dee-Lish® and MorfBoard®. The net sales declines of 10% in the quarter and 9% year-to-date were primarily the result of the loss of sales to Toys R Us and the disruption from its stores’ liquidation throughout the marketplace.

“We saw expected declines in several entertainment-driven properties, but we were pleased with the performance of our new product segments. The investments in the C’est Moi™ and MorfBoard® brands continue to show momentum as distribution broadens.

“Like other companies in our industry, we have seen shifts in the retail landscape that require us to adapt our cost structure and overhead, and we are taking steps to reduce our operating costs and improve our profit potential. Earlier this month, we initiated a plan to reduce our global workforce and consolidate certain of our operations and functions to reduce overhead, most of which we expect to be realized in calendar year 2019.

“As we look ahead to the holiday season, we continue to focus on new product launches and keeping retail inventories lean. We expect the toy industry in 2019 to benefit from the continued shift in sales to healthier retailers and a robust license environment.”

Cash and Cash Equivalents

The Company’s cash and cash equivalents, including restricted cash, totaled $57.1 million as of September 30, 2018, compared to $48.8 million at September 30, 2017 and $65.0 million at December 31, 2017.

Convertible Senior Note Retirement

On July 26, 2018, the Company exchanged $8.0 million of the 2018 convertible senior notes held by Oasis Management with new convertible senior notes with terms similar to the notes issued to Oasis Management in November 2017. The new notes mature in November 2020.

On August 1, 2018, the Company retired the remaining $13.2 million of the Company’s 2018 convertible senior notes.

Expression of Interest from Hong Kong Meisheng Cultural Company Limited (“Meisheng”)

Meisheng recently reiterated its proposal to purchase sufficient newly issued shares of the Company’s common stock such that it would own 51% of the Company’s outstanding shares at a price per share of $2.95, subject to certain conditions. As part of its ongoing review of strategic alternatives, the Special Committee of the Company’s Board of Directors has authorized its advisors to engage in discussions and negotiations with Meisheng concerning its proposal, including matters relating to structure, timing, post-closing governance and matters relating to closing conditions including optimization of the post-transaction capital structure, the successful resolution of change in control provisions of key licensing agreements, and change in control and extension of maturities of the Company’s convertible senior notes and other indebtedness. Although there can be no assurance that agreements will be reached with respect to these matters, the Company and Meisheng are working together expeditiously to consider Meisheng’s proposal.

2018 Outlook

The Company believes the market disruption and lingering effects of the Toys R Us bankruptcy and liquidation in the United States and internationally will continue to persist through the balance of 2018, and will result in a decline in net revenues in 2018 when compared to 2017.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

In addition to the preliminary results reported in accordance with U.S. GAAP included in this release, the Company has provided certain non-GAAP financial information including Adjusted EBITDA which is a non-GAAP metric that excludes various items that are detailed in the financial tables and accompanying footnotes reconciling GAAP to non-GAAP results contained in this release. Management believes that the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures provides useful information to investors because the information may allow investors to better evaluate ongoing business performance and certain components of the Company’s results. In addition, the Company believes that the presentation of these financial measures enhances an investor’s ability to make period-to-period comparisons of the Company’s operating results. This information should be considered in addition to the results presented in accordance with GAAP, and should not be considered a substitute for the GAAP results. The Company has reconciled the non-GAAP financial information included in this release to the nearest GAAP measures. See the attached “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Information.”

Conference Call and Live Webcast

JAKKS Pacific will webcast its third quarter earnings call at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time / 6:00 a.m. Pacific Time today. Management will host the call, followed by a question and answer session.

Conference Call Details:
Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018
Time: 6:00 a.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET
Toll-Free Dial-in Number: (800) 708-4539
International Dial-in Number: (847) 619-6396
Conference ID: 47717352

For the conference call, please dial-in 5-10 minutes prior to the start time and an operator will register your name and organization.

Investors can also listen to the live webcast and access the accompanying presentation slides by going to www.jakks.com/investors and clicking on the earnings website link under the Presentations tab. Please log in at least 10 minutes prior to register, download and install any necessary audio software.

A replay of the call will be available on JAKKS’ website approximately one hour following completion of the call through November 1, 2018, ending at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time / 8:59 p.m. Pacific Time. The playback can be accessed by calling (888) 843-7419 or (630) 652-3042 for international callers, with passcode “47717352#” for both playback numbers.

About JAKKS Pacific, Inc.

JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (JAKK) is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of toys and consumer products sold throughout the world, with its headquarters in Santa Monica, California. JAKKS Pacific’s popular proprietary brands include BIG-FIGS™, XPV®, Max Tow™, Disguise®, Moose Mountain®, Funnoodle®, Maui®, Kids Only!®; a wide range of entertainment-inspired products featuring premier licensed properties; and C’est Moi™, a youth skincare and make-up brand. Through JAKKS Cares, the company’s commitment to philanthropy, JAKKS is helping to make a positive impact on the lives of children. Visit us at www.jakks.com and follow us on Instagram (@jakkstoys), Twitter (@jakkstoys) and Facebook (JAKKS Pacific).

©2018 JAKKS Pacific, Inc. All rights reserved.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain “forward-looking statements” (within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) that are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about JAKKS Pacific’s business based partly on assumptions made by its management. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such statements due to numerous factors, including, but not limited to, those described above, changes in demand for JAKKS’ products, product mix, the timing of customer orders and deliveries, the impact of competitive products and pricing, and difficulties with integrating acquired businesses. The “forward-looking statements” contained herein speak only as of the date on which they are made, and JAKKS undertakes no obligation to update any of them to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release.

JAKKS Pacific, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)
                                 
September 30, December 31,
2018 2017
(In thousands)
ASSETS
 
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 52,177 $ 64,977
Restricted cash 4,967 -
Accounts receivable, net 205,412 142,457
Inventory 64,451 58,432
Prepaid expenses and other assets   26,485     16,803  
Total current assets 353,492 282,669
 
Property and equipment 141,989 141,357
Less accumulated depreciation and amortization   120,802     118,130  
Property and equipment, net 21,187 23,227
 
Goodwill 35,197 35,384
Intangibles and other assets, net   37,715     29,069  
Total assets $ 447,591   $ 370,349  
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
 
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 191,151 $ 92,061
Reserve for sales returns and allowances 30,270 17,622
Short term debt, net   19,365     26,075  
Total current liabilities 240,786 135,758
 
Long term debt, net 145,056 133,497
Other liabilities 4,364 4,537
Income taxes payable 994 1,261
Deferred tax liability, net   787     783  
Total liabilities 391,987 275,836
 
Stockholders' equity:
Common stock, $.001 par value 30 27
Additional paid-in capital 217,468 215,809
Treasury stock (24,000 ) (24,000 )
Accumulated deficit (124,354 ) (85,233 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (14,548 )   (13,059 )
Total JAKKS Pacific, Inc. stockholders' equity 54,596 93,544
Non-controlling interests   1,008     969  
Total stockholders' equity   55,604     94,513  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 447,591   $ 370,349  
 
 
                       
JAKKS Pacific, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Statements of Operations (Unaudited)
       
Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
2018 2017 2018 2017
(In thousands, except per share data) (In thousands, except per share data)
 
Net sales $ 236,699 $ 262,413 $ 435,484 $ 476,483
Less cost of sales
Cost of goods 134,115 146,279 248,432 264,013
Royalty expense 33,119 48,857 62,754 76,480
Amortization of tools and molds   5,135     5,496     9,068     10,469  
Cost of sales   172,369     200,632     320,254     350,962  
Gross profit 64,330 61,781 115,230 125,521
Direct selling expenses 15,805 13,925 38,286 35,449
Selling, general and administrative expenses 26,951 39,260 99,340 106,168
Depreciation and amortization 1,428 2,806 4,923 7,946
Goodwill and other intangibles impairment - 13,536 - 13,536
Acquisition related and other   103     -     436     -  
Income (loss) from operations 20,043 (7,746 ) (27,755 ) (37,578 )
Other income (expense):
Income from joint ventures - - 227 105
Other income 223 110 304 292
Loss on extinguishment of convertible senior notes (453 ) - (453 ) -
Write-off of investment in DreamPlay LLC - (7,000 ) - (7,000 )
Change in fair value of convertible senior notes 917 - (2,514 ) -
Interest income 19 12 47 26
Interest expense   (3,097 )   (2,027 )   (7,230 )   (7,496 )
Income (loss) before provision for (benefit from) income taxes 17,652 (16,651 ) (37,374 ) (51,651 )
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes   1,953     918     1,708     890  
Net income (loss) 15,699 (17,569 ) (39,082 ) (52,541 )
Net income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interests   17     45     39     131  
Net income (loss) attributable to JAKKS Pacific, Inc. $ 15,682   $ (17,614 ) $ (39,121 ) $ (52,672 )
Income (loss) per share - basic $ 0.68   $ (0.77 ) $ (1.69 ) $ (2.53 )
Shares used in income (loss) per share - basic   23,106     22,772     23,104     20,848  
Income (loss) per share - diluted $ 0.38   $ (0.77 ) $ (1.69 ) $ (2.53 )
Shares used in income (loss) per share - diluted   45,686     22,772     23,104     20,848  
 
 

JAKKS Pacific, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Information (Unaudited)

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP measures:

This press release and accompanying schedules provide certain information regarding Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income (Loss), which may be considered non-GAAP financial measures under the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission. The non-GAAP financial measures included in the press release are reconciled to the corresponding GAAP financial measures below, as required under the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission regarding the use of non-GAAP financial measures. We define Adjusted EBITDA as income (loss) from operations before depreciation, amortization and adjusted for certain non-recurring and non-cash charges, such as reorganization expenses and restricted stock compensation expense. Net income (loss) is similarly adjusted and tax-effected to arrive at Adjusted Net Income (Loss). Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income (Loss) are not recognized financial measures under GAAP, but we believe that they are useful in measuring our operating performance. We believe that the use of the non-GAAP financial measures enhances an overall understanding of the Company’s past financial performance, and provides useful information to the investor by comparing our performance across reporting periods on a consistent basis.

Investors should not consider these measures in isolation or as a substitute for net income, operating income, or any other measure for determining the Company’s operating performance that is calculated in accordance with GAAP. In addition, because these measures are not calculated in accordance with GAAP, they may not necessarily be comparable to similarly titled measures employed by other companies.

           
Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
2018       2017 2018       2017
(In thousands) (In thousands)
 
Net income (loss) $ 15,699 $ (17,569 ) $ (39,082 ) $ (52,541 )
Income from joint ventures - - (227 ) (105 )
Other income (223 ) (110 ) (304 ) (292 )
Loss on extinguishment of convertible senior notes 453 - 453 -
Interest income (19 ) (12 ) (47 ) (26 )
Interest expense 3,097 2,027 7,230 7,496
Provision for (benefit from) from income taxes 1,953 918 1,708 890
Depreciation and amortization 6,563 8,302 13,991 18,415
Acquisition related and other 103 - 436 -
Restricted stock compensation expense 760 793 1,747 2,253
Goodwill and other intangibles impairment - 13,536 - 13,536
Write-off of investment in DreamPlay LLC - 7,000 - 7,000
Bad debt write-offs (recoveries) (504 ) 7,307 11,964 9,612
Inventory impairment - 4,369 - 4,369
Change in fair value of convertible senior notes (917 ) - 2,514 -
Restructuring charge - 200 - 200
Minimum guarantee shortfalls   -     11,886     3,468     11,886  
 
Adjusted EBITDA $ 26,965   $ 38,647   $ 3,851   $ 22,693  
 
 
Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
2018 2017 2018 2017
(In thousands, except per share data) (In thousands, except per share data)
 
Net income (loss) attributable to JAKKS Pacific, Inc. $ 15,682 $ (17,614 ) $ (39,121 ) $ (52,672 )
Restricted stock compensation expense 760 793 1,747 2,253
Loss on extinguishment of convertible senior notes 453 - 453 -
Bad debt write-offs (recoveries) (504 ) 7,307 11,964 9,612
Acquisition related and other 103 - 436 -
Change in fair value of a convertible senior note (917 ) - 2,514 -
Minimum guarantee shortfalls - 11,886 3,468 11,886
Goodwill and other intangibles impairment - 13,536 - 13,536
Write-off of investment in DreamPlay LLC - 7,000 - 7,000
Inventory impairment - 4,369 - 4,369
Restructuring charge - 200 - 200
Tax impact of additional charges   85     (7,191 )   (2,018 )   (7,927 )
 
Adjusted net income (loss) attributable to JAKKS Pacific, Inc. $ 15,662   $ 20,286   $ (20,557 ) $ (11,743 )
 
Adjusted income (loss) per share - basic $ 0.68   $ 0.89   $ (0.89 ) $ (0.56 )
Shares used in adjusted income (loss) per share - basic   23,106     22,772     23,104     20,848  
Adjusted income (loss) per share - diluted $ 0.38   $ 0.55   $ (0.89 ) $ (0.56 )
Shares used in adjusted income (loss) per share - diluted   45,686     39,384     23,104     20,848  
 

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